Pair of transfers to bolster Francis Marion backcourt
Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the addition of a pair of NCAA Division I transfers: 6-1 185-pound point guard Kevin Holston of Washington, D.C., and 6-5 215-pound shooting guard Holden Redparth of Rockville, Md.
Holston played his freshman year at Baltimore City Community College and then two seasons at NCAA Division I Alabama State University. At BCCC, he averaged 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game while helping lead the Panthers to an 18-11 mark and the program's first appearance in the NJCAA Division I national tournament.
After transferring to Alabama State, he tallied 3.3 points and 2.5 assists per game in 2018-19 while starting 23 contests. He played in 29 games last season, making seven starts, and averaged 4.9 points and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 41 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from behind the three-point arc, and made 60 percent of his free throw attempts. He was third on the Hornets in steals with 22.
Redparth comes to FMU after playing the 2019-20 season at the University of North Alabama. He appeared in nine contests last season.
As a sophomore, he garnered first-team NJCAA All-America honors after averaging 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game at Highland Community College. He drained 111 three-point baskets and shot a school-record 88.4 percent at the charity stripe while helping the Scotties to a 26-9 mark and the program's second-ever berth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.